Interviews of exhibitors and visitors
Millésime Bio is the ideal opportunity to meet a wide range of very different producers. In these interviews, producers as well as buyers tell us why they love Millésime Bio. Enjoy reading!
At the next edition from Jan. 30 to Feb. 1st, you will meet 900 estates from 16 countries and 40% of the French organic wine offer!
Steen Jepsen, COOP retail chain (DENMARK)
Let’s meet Steen Jepsen, category planner at Coop Denmark, Denmark’s biggest retail chain with 1,200 stores, 37% market share and approximately 40,000 employees.
« We have set up a strategy in our category, stating that in 2020 we want 10% of our total wine sales to be certified organic! » Read the interview
Reed Oman, CASA BRUNO LLC (USA)
Casa Bruno focuses on direct imports from Southern Europe: France, Spain, Italy, Portugal and Austria as well as domestic West coast wines. Let’s meet buyer Reed Oman.
« I met many interesting, quality producers during my first visit, and we continue to work with some of them to this day. » Read the interview
Pascal Courel, WINE-NOT (BELGIUM)
Pascal Courel created is specialised in importing wine to Belgium from the South of France, and more particularly, from the Languedoc and the Roussillon. He has opened his range up to include wines he appreciates from other parts of France as well. Today, in his Brussels warehouse, Pascal offers a wide range of wines which are organic, biodynamic and free of added sulphites, which actually represent two thirds of his entire product offer.
« The Belgian organic market is doing very well and is growing fast. Today, organic wine has become so important in my range that I have to be here. » Read the interview
Jonathan Grieve, AVONDALE (SOUTH AFRICA)
At Avondale estate in South Africa, Jonathan Grieve and his team have developed an original and very interesting combination of eco-farming and state-of-the-art technology. They are also committed to providing social programmes for the employees. Let’s meet Jonathan!
« Millésime Bio is the perfect exhibition to meet and develop new importers and buyers in the organic trade, to expand our global footprint. » Read the interview
Sophie Larmandier, CHAMPAGNE LARMANDIER-BERNIER (FRANCE)
Starting over in a quest for excellence
"We sell champagne in over 40 countries worldwide today and make over 70% of our turnover in export, but of course we cannot spend all our time going round the world and travelling! At Millésime Bio we get to meet our customers once a year as well as many quality buyers and prospects." Read the interview
Derrick Neleman, BODEGAS NELEMAN ( Valencia, SPAIN)
A dutch wine merchant, passionate about organic wine, now a wine-grower in spain!
After having been a regular yearly visitor to Millésime Bio as a wine-merchant, Derrick Neleman will be back as an exhibitor for the first time, in January, 2017.
" Millésime Bio is the best wine fair around! " Read the interview
Rémy Soulié, DOMAINE DES SOULIE (Languedoc, FRANCE)
No chemical molecules around here!
"Today, 80 % of my production is exported and my biggest customers are in Germany and Japan, and each year I present my new vintage during Millésime Bio. And, thanks to Millésime Bio, I had the opportunity to meet the purchaser from the Biocoop chain, and am now referenced there and have developed sales in France. " Read the interview
Claude Vialade, DOMAINES AURIOL (FRANCE)
The meteoric rise of a family of Corbières winegrowers, one of the French leaders in organic wine.
The fair is, of course, good for business, but has a lot more to offer than that: we love tasting our fellow-winemakers’ wines and learning about what’s going on in marketing today, discovering newcomers and changing trends… Millésime Bio is a friendly wine fair with just the right attitude, and not a hint of “snobbiness”. Read the interview
Cosimo Bisiach, PODERE MARELLA (Umbria, ITALY)
Great Italian wine, from mother to son.
"My goal is that Podere Marella is present at all the main international wine fairs, including Millésime Bio. This is the perfect opportunity for us to meet major importers from our main markets, such as Switzerland, the UK, Scandinavia and the USA." Read the interview
Maria Maier, WEINGUT GEYERHOF (Kremstal, AUSTRIA)
Geyerhof Winery has some 23 hectares of vineyards on the very best soils of the Lower Austrian wine growing region, near Kremstal. The Estate has been in Maria Maier’s family since the 16th century, and today their guiding motto is “Valuing tradition and being open to innovation!”
“We love the atmosphere of the fair. Visitors take time to taste and talk, and the quality of conversations is always very good " Read the interview
Dale Gatcum, THE PAUL DOLAN VINEYARDS (Mendocino, USA)
Dale Gatcum represents the Paul Dolan Vineyards in Europe. Dale first discovered the Fair as a visitor in 2016 and was so impressed that he decided to come back in January to present his wines.
"I was impressed with the quality and range of the buyers that were in attendance, everything from a small restaurateur looking to expand their wine list, to a buyer for one of the large monopolies in Scandinavia, with everything in between. Knowing that I could meet some of my existing customers and meet new potential importers is why we chose to take a table in 2017." Read the interview
Marjorie Gallet, ROC DES ANGES and TERRES DE FAGAYRA ESTATES (Roussillon, FRANCE)
Marjorie Gallet and her husband Stéphane set up on two estates in the Roussillon at the beginning of 2000. Their wines are served today in some of the top restaurants, and amateurs and professionals alike consider them to be amongst the region’s best.
« The fair is organised in a simple and efficient way which works very smoothly, with both exhibitors and visitors able to find their way around easily. This is the ideal opportunity for us to showcase our very latest vintages to customers. » Read the interview